VTP writers and readers often discuss the Vietnamese American experience, the difficulties we face navigating between two cultures. We ponder questions like, What traditions from the homeland should we preserve? What customs of our adoptive homes we do absorb as our own? To what extent does our cultural identity define our individual identity?
These questions are likewise confronted by a group of people whom many of us probably don’t think of when we think “Vietnamese”–ethnic minorities. In today’s Video Monday, we share the Al Jazeera English-produced short documentary “Birthright: The Mountain Midwives of Vietnam.” Specifically, this short doc examines one young Hmong girl’s efforts to bring more modernized birthing practices to the Hmong community, where home births are preferred to health centre delivery due to cultural rituals and government mistrust.
It’s a beautifully filmed documentary, and it asks simple but resounding questions. Click play if you want to see more a candid view of life for the ethnic minority community.